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Subject attempts suicide in holding cell

July 09, 2002 00:00


On July 9, 2002, Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Sexual Assault Detail arrested 35-year-old George Diegner, a Vancouver, Washington resident, on two counts of Kidnap in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and two counts of Impersonating a Police Officer, in connection with an ongoing sexual assault investigation. Diegner, who volunteered to meet detectives at the Justice Center, was arrested following an interview. Diegner was placed in a holding cell while detectives prepared a Custody Report. Approximately 13 minutes later, Diegner was found hanging, by his belt, from an air conditioner vent.

Diegner, who was not breathing, was resuscitated by detectives and transported, via ambulance, to Emanuel Hospital. Current procedures do not require detectives to remove belts from cooperative subjects. Commander James Ferraris is reviewing the current Detective Division Standard Operating Procedures for detained subjects and has assigned Homicide Detectives to conduct an investigation into the events leading to the attempted suicide. The Portland Police Bureau does not have a photograph of Diegner.

Detectives believe Diegner, posing as an undercover police officer, contacted lone females in the Portland Metropolitan Area and convinced them to enter his car wit the understanding that they would be transported to jail, JDH, or a police precinct. Diegner would then sexually assault the victim. Diegner's car is described as a Dark Blue 1994 Chevrolet Caprice, with Oregon license plates and a police spotlight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lori Goodwin at (503) 823-0400.


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